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This is one of if not the best console port ever made, in fact I hesitate to even mention that, Remedy did such a good job making it for PC. Everything about it is great, the sound, the control (imho), the visuals. Speaking of visuals, it's no slouch on video hardware, so be sure your system can handle it. Running on a 560Ti 1gb in Win7 x64 was smooth as butter at 1920x1080.
It's not your tpyical run n gun, but still forces you to follow a set path with a little room to explore levels, but when you look at the overall package it works very well.
Do yourself a favour and grab this one, well worth it.
A great port for PC gamers who missed this classic
posted by ivory_soul (VENTURA, CA) Apr 12, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
The Good: Graphical upgrade looks great, memorable story and characters, great pacing, interesting gun play mechanics, included DLC is a bonus
The Bad: Gun play gets repetitive after awhile, can be tough in spots, driving isn't any fun, a little on the short side
Even after 2 years Alan Wake is still an excellent game. With updated visuals for PC, and the inclusion of both DLC, the PC version is worth the buy. Even 360 players should come back for another shot just to see the sweet new looks. Alan Wake was my favorite story of 2010 and is still great today. You play as Alan Wake, a famous New York author who takes a vacation to the Northwest in Bright Falls. He ends up renting a cabin, and before you know it his wife jumps into the lake. He then wakes up from a car accident and so your adventure begins. I can't give away anything except he is writing what is happening to him. The story is very novel like and has a great pace. The narrative is delivered with likeable characters and great voice acting.
You walk around collecting manuscript pages that will tell you kind of what's going to happen in the next scene. You can also find coffee thermoses as collectibles, but I wonder why thermoses? Is this a jab at the hot coffee mod for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, or a little sign that the guys at Remedy were up long nights trying to complete this? Who knows, but it is an interesting thing. There is also a strange phone barcode tag that has a strange stab at Max Payne. I think back when Alan Wake was released it was a hint at Max Payne 3.
The whole game is wrapped around light and dark gameplay, literally. You use your flashlight to burn away darkness from The Taken and then shoot them until they disappear. The gunplay is challenging and can be fun. There are various tools for burning away darkness like the flare gun, which does major area damage, flashbangs, and flares give you distance from enemies. You can also get bigger flashlights later on which burn aw
I've finished 100's of games in my life and NONE of them feel like this. This game leaves you with that in the dark creepy feeling of a dream when you're being stalked or chased. This game is a work of art. If you want a new experience and dont mind playing this thing in the dark with no lights on... you'll be blown away.